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MATHEW WAGNER - Sunday, July 8, 2012
Steve Clark and Hønefoss bounced back from a bad loss, while Sebastian Troupe and Bærum found the back of the net six times in its first win of the season.

Hønefoss BK 2 - 1 Brann Bergen

Hønefoss continued its strong run at home in the Tippeligaen Saturday against Brann.

American Steve Clark played the full 90 minutes in net for Hønefoss.

Brann had the best chances early, and capitalized in the 19th minute. Bentley kicked a long corner to Tomasz Sokolowski, who reared back and rocketed a shot past Clark from 14 yards out.

Brann continued to have the better chances for the rest of the half but couldn't push out its lead before halftime.

The home team came roaring back early in the second half, starting with a goal in the 55th minute. Off a Kevin Larsen free kick, Remond Macougne Mendy was left unmarked and from three yards out, headed to the ground and past the Brann goalkeeper.

Hønefoss found the eventual winner just two minutes later. Rune Bolseth picked off a pass from a Brann defender and found Riku Riski streaking into a hole in the Brann defense. Riski received the pass and, with two defenders and the goalkeeper rushing toward him, shot into the low left corner of the net.

Hønefoss controlled most of the rest of the half and held on to record its 12th point at home this season.

With the win, Hønefoss sits in sixth place with 21 points. The team returns to action Sunday at Viking.

Stabæk IF 1 - 2 Strømsgodset

Stabæk couldn't withstand the offensive firepower of Strømsgodset Sunday.

American Sean Cunningham and Ricardo Clark started and played the entire game for Stabæk in central defense and central midfield, respectively.

Despite pitting the league's worst defense against the league's best offense, the first half went scoreless between the two sides. Strømsgodset dominated the first half but had nothing to show for it, as the Stabæk defense held strong through the first 45 minutes.

That changed in the second half, however. In the 53rd minute, Øyvind Storflor blasted a shot from 27 yards that hit the bottom of the crossbar and went into the net.

In the 79th minute, Strømsgodset doubled its lead. Peter Kovacs met a chip pass from Ola Kamara, and while sliding into the ball, he sent the volley past Stabæk goalkeeper Mande Sayouba.

Bjarte Haugsdal added a goal in the 86th minute to pull Stabæk back into the game. He met a low cross from Fredrik Brustad and buried it into the low right corner of the net.

Stabæk couldn't claw any further back, and the team recorded its second straight league loss.

Stabæk lies in last place in the Tippeligaen and returns to action Thursday against JJK in Europa League qualification.

Rosenborg Trondheim 1 - 0 Molde FK

Molde's league struggles continued Sunday when it lost to Rosenborg on the road.

American Josh Gatt started and played 80 minutes at right wing for Molde.

Both teams looked dangerous in attack in the first half, but neither side could find the final ball. The first half ended scoreless.

Despite Molde looking the more dangerous side, Rosenborg opened up the second half with a goal. In the 50th minute, Jonas Svensson picked up a rebound and shot. The ball bounced off the ground and went to the right of the Molde goalkeeper.

From there, Rosenborg held on to win and stretched its winning streak over Molde to six games.

With the loss, Molde sits in second place, four points behind league leaders Strømgodset. The team returns to action Saturday against Valerenga.

Mjøndalen IF 2 - 1 Kongsvinger IL

Mjøndalen rediscovered its winning touch when it hosted Kongsvinger on Sunday.

American Rhett Bernstein started and played the first 45 minutes at center back for Mjøndalen. He was substituted at the start for the second half for fellow American Kyle Helton.

Mjøndalen took the lead in the 23rd minute. Knut Rønningen outjumped to Kongsvinger defenders to meet Stian Ohr's corner and put the ball past Kongsvinger goalkeeper Kim Deinoff.

Anders Karlsen gave Mjøndalen a two-goal lead in the 37th minute. A clearance by Kongsvinger ended up with Joachim O. Solberg, who flicked the ball on to Karlsen. He shot from 33 yards out and into the back of the net.

Kongsbinger made it interesting in the 78th minute, when Olav Tuelo Johannesen sent the ball into the left side of the net, but Mjøndalen held on to win.

Mjøndalen leapfrogged to eighth place, and the team returns to action next Sunday against Ranheim.

Bærum SK 6 - 0 Notodden FK

Bærum pummeled Notodden to earn its first win in the Adeccoligaen Sunday.

Sebastian Troupe started and played the full 90 minutes at right back for Bærum.

Bærum scored four unanswered goals in the first half, including three quick goals within 11 minutes.

Bærum took an early lead in the 12th minute. Amahl Pellegrino took a shot on net after receiving a pass from Daniel Berg. Notodden goalkeeper Anders Larsen parried the shot, but Eirik Nervold picked up the rebound and scored.

The captain, Lars R. Sandbu, scored five minutes later from long distance. Shooting from 33 yards, Sandbu put the ball past Larsen. Nervold added his second goal of the game in the 22nd minute, when he received a cross, controlled it and put it in the back of the net.

The offensive fireworks didn't end there, as Mounir El-Masrouri added yet another goal for Bærum. On a 27-yard free kick, he curled the ball over the wall and into the back of the net.

Bærum continued to pour on the goals in the second half. Andreas Aalbu scored the team's fifth goal in the 54th minute. On a quick corner that reached a wide-open Aalbu, he slotted into the opposite corner.

In the 69th minute, Pellegrino scored his second goal of the game. Aalbu got the ball with acres of space on the right side, and he crossed to a streaking Pellegrino, who finished the play.

Despite the win, Bærum still occupies last place in the Norwegian second division. The team returns to action next Sunday at Strømmen.
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